Solar power advocates try to sink Amendment 1

It's no secret that many want Amendment 1 removed from the Florida ballot.

“What do we want? Vote no on one,” said protesters at a rally Thursday afternoon in St. Petersburg.

“This is wrong, so we need to get these facts out but we first need to defeat this amendment next week,” says Ruth Mccullough, who opposes Amendment 1.

Solar power advocates are making a last-minute appeal to the Florida Supreme Court to kill the amendment on Tuesday ballot, they say it's misleading.

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The problem is some early voters like Marcellette Donato have already cast their ballots in favor of the solar energy amendment.

“I don't understand how anything can be bad about that,” says Donato.

St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman along with groups like the Sierra Club and Solar Energy Industries are warning voters, if passed, utility companies would have an easier time charging Florida homeowners unfair fees and make it more costly to go solar.

“If Amendment 1 helped us become less dependent on fossil fuel, then the utility companies would not support it,” says Kriseman.

Utility companies like Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy, Tampa Electric Co. and Gulf Power Co. have donated close to $12 million in support of the solar amendment.

Basically, opponents are saying this will only strengthen the power of utility companies.

Solar energy industries will stop next in Orlando.

They plan to visit 12 cities across Florida before the election.


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